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In the Electric Mist (2009)

A detective in post-Katrina New Orleans has a series of surreal encounters with a troop of friendly Confederate soldiers while investigating serial killings of local prostitutes, a 1965 lynching, and corrupt local businessmen.

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Lt. Dave Robicheaux, a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana, is trying to link the murder of a local hooker to New Orleans mobster Julie (Baby Feet) Balboni, who is co-producer of a Civil War film. At the same time, after Elrod Sykes, the star of the film, reports finding another corpse in the Atchafalaya Swamp near the movie set, Robicheaux starts another investigation, believing the corpse to be the remains of a black man who he saw being murdered 35 years before. Written by anonymous

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No one can escape the sins of the past.


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15 April 2009 (France)  »

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Indirectly regarded as a goof: While it is true that John Bell Hood lost his right leg at Chickamauga, his soldiers chipped in and bought him a fine prosthetic leg of cork imported from France. He was a lieutenant general for Joe Johnston, then from August, 1864 until January, 1865 a full general commanding the Army of Tennessee. See more »

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The movie star rents a huge saltwater boat to go out into the Atchafalaya Basin. This may have been done to show the character's naiveté. See more »

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Dave Robicheaux: Your meter's runnin' Julie. I wanna talk about that murdered girl we found south of town.
Julie 'Baby Feet' Balboni: Which girl is that?
Dave Robicheaux: Cherry LeBlanc.
Julie 'Baby Feet' Balboni: I guess I ain't heard about it.
Dave Robicheaux: You don't read the newspapers.
Julie 'Baby Feet' Balboni: I been busy.
Dave Robicheaux: Uhm hm. I can see that.
Julie 'Baby Feet' Balboni: We used to be friends Dave. I even maybe did you a favor once. I'm gonna line it out for you and for any locals that wanna get the wax out their ears. Louisiana is flat ass broke. New Orleans is a mortuary. The bottom of a toilet's got more appeal than this shit hole on ...
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Written by Eyez aka Jon Cedric Thomas
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That Authentic Cajun Atmosphere
15 May 2009 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

A no-nonsense cop named "Robicheaux" (pronounced Roba-shaw, and well played by Tommy Lee Jones) is on a case involving the murders of several local prostitutes. At the same time, Robicheaux is haunted by a decades-old killing of a Black man whose remains are found in a swamp by a member of a film crew shooting a movie. So the twin questions are ... who is responsible for the murders of the prostitutes, and is there a link between these murders and the long-ago killing of the Black man?

Set in modern day South Louisiana, near New Orleans, "In The Electric Mist" absolutely drips with authentic Cajun atmosphere. The place names, the rustic look of old frame houses, the backwater bayous with lush vegetation, those wonderful Louisiana accents, the outdoor barbecue at a plantation house ... You feel like you're really there, in that place. It's the best element of the film, by far.

The film's casting and acting are quite good. And the music is terrific. At the end credits the song played is the haunting "La Terre Tremblante", with its mystical-Blues sound and French lyrics. The song is straight out of Cajun country, and it is mesmerizing.

Unfortunately, the film's plot is muddled. Editing is terrible. And the film's ending is very unsatisfying. My understanding is that the film went through some serious post-production issues, the most significant being the deletion of a number of scenes. These deletions may account for plot problems associated with choppy flow and lack of clarity.

Even so, "In The Electric Mist" is still worth watching, not so much for the story or plot as for the evocative Cajun atmosphere and that terrific music.


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